The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday July 13, 2008

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OFFSHORE: It wasn't a terribly exciting week on the offshore scene with chilly, fresh to strong variable westerlies dominating up until the weekend. A 2m to 3m swell didn't help things either, making the bar crossing less than exciting, even when the winds dropped back on Sunday. A few hapless boaties, in fact, were rudely reminded how treacherous the Noosa River bar can be, especially close to low tide. Needless to say, there weren't many boats working the local reefs with the only reports of note coming from North Reef where squire, snapper, pearl perch, sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, cobia and moses perch were on the bite. Apart from that, Little Hall's Reef produced the odd mowong and Maori cod.

ONSHORE:
The coastal surf beaches were pretty much a no go zone for most of the week with wild surf and chilly winds deterring all but the absolute diehards from wetting a line. Consequently there were no reports of any note from anywhere.
River Mouth Car Park Rocks
The river at least offered a sheltered environment for anglers with plenty of spots to get out of the chilly winds. Flathead were well spread and in good numbers, particularly in Lake Cooroibah, along the Noosaville stretch, in Weyba Creek and, together with bream, around Munna Point and down at the river mouth. Kerrie Bensley (below left) was fishing in Weyba Creek on Sunday when her fresh prawn bait was taken by the 2kg 'Lizard' she's posing with. And Barbara O'Donnell (below right) used a frozen Davo's beach worm bait to attract her 2kg specimen down at the river mouth this morning.
Flathead Flathead

As mentioned, bream were in good numbers in the lower estuary with best results for the bigger fish coming from the river mouth and, as you can see by the photo below, the Frying Pan. Melbourne visitor Greg Creaser did well there with mullet flesh baits on Wednesday night, boating trevally and four bream with the 800gm fish he's posing with being his standout.
Bream
Luderick continued to tease and tempt the aficionados in the deeper water off the rocky point at the car park rocks and along the new fishing platform stretch where the old dog beach used to be. Mid tide onwards to the top of the tide was working best for these much sought after sports fish and cabbage and/or weed under a float the preferred bait.
Whiting and Trevally
The Woods Bays/Noosa Sound area produced trevally and tailor on soft plastics, surface poppers and live prawns around dawn and dusk. John Horsey and his grandson Eli (above) fished 'The Bays' this morning and, using live prawns, boated two trevally (to 1.6kg) and two quality whiting, one (claimed by Eli) which tipped the scales at a very respectable 650gms.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass (to 40cm) were chasing to Rattlin' Jackalls from the Airport Corner to the Botanical Gardens. The fish were in against the weed in 12ft of water and were responding to a slow, steady retrieve.



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